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Carol Dunten is the chairman of the Harney County SWCD. She and her husband Alfred are 5th generation conservationists, and proud advocates of voluntary programs like the Sage Grouse Initiative.Featured Friend: Harney County Soil and Water Conservation District

January 3, 2017

In Oregon’s largest county — where cattle outnumber people 14 to 1 — the local soil and water conservation district has a recipe for collaborative conservation that’s improving the odds for both sage grouse and ranchers.

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Photo by Michael Neary of Craig Daily Press. Vance Fulton, an engineering technician with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, stands next to a solar energy panel on the property of Doug Davis.Colorado Ranchers Tap Sun To Deliver Water To Livestock & Improve Wildlife Habitat

November 23, 2016

by Michael Neary | Solar-powered water systems, installed with funding from SGI in Colorado, let livestock drink more easily and take pressure off ponds and streams.

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To the Helmicks, conservation and ranching are one in the same.Helmick Family Conserves Vital Habitat For Sage Grouse In Idaho

July 28, 2016

To this multi-generational family, conservation and ranching are one and the same. Learn how they’ve worked with SGI to increase carrying capacity and grass production for the benefit of both livestock and wildlife.

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Marcella Fremgan, Courtesy of Boise State UniversityPartnerships on the Range Continue to Accelerate Conservation

February 2, 2016

Our team of dedicated and enthusiastic range conservationists, wildlife biologists, and natural resource specialists make a difference for landowners and for wildlife across the West. Read the impressive tally of on-the-ground results from the SGI field team.

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A Game-Changing Approach to Conservation in the West

“My neighbors have all been getting on board one by one, now that they are seeing how well it’s working,” says Oregon rancher John O’Keeffe. Read this opinion piece by O’Keeffe describing why SGI is a good investment for the land, livestock, and sage grouse.

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Breaking News | USDA Announces $40 Million to Help Ranchers Restore Sage Grouse Habitat

December 10, 2015

Today, Secretary Vilsack announced that the USDA will invest $40 million in 2016 to help ranchers and other partners restore and protect sagebrush habitat for sage grouse on privately-owned land. Learn more about this exciting Working Lands for Wildlife partnership here!

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The Sage-Grouse’s Next Dance | What the Recent Decision Means for the Bird and Conservation

October 6, 2015

By Holly Copeland. “So what is your take on the sage-grouse ruling?” This beautiful dancing bird has been in my thoughts almost daily for the past nine years, as it has also been for the hundreds of other scientists who are working on sage-grouse. But suddenly, this species was now in the consciousness of many other Americans, too.

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Building Bridges | Ranchers Are Stewards of the Land

September 20, 2015

In recent years, a new appreciation is taking hold in the West about the role and benefits of sustainable ranching. The article below captures the essence of why we believe that sage grouse conservation is best achieved through working cooperatively on private lands

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Ranchers and Conservationists Combine to Help Sage Grouse

September 18, 2015

Two national conservation leaders from the USDA-NRCS and the National Audubon Society co-wrote this recent editorial about how targeted, proactive conservation on agricultural lands by private landowners is leading the way in restoring habitat for threatened wildlife species in the West.

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Where the Sage Grouse Roam: Ranching for Conservation in Colorado

June 29, 2015

This story on Colorado rancher Wes McStay’s conservation practices comes from “Where the sage grouse roam” by Lauren Blair. This 3-part series appeared in the Craig Daily Press in June 2015.

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